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25 Days of Christmas: Giving Tuesday

This year, I am challenging myself to 25 days of posts this month, beginning today and ending on Christmas. Guess what I’m calling it? The 25 Days of Christmas! (Shocker, I’m sure. Although, I’m secretly calling it Christmas: As I Cee It.) I’m doing this partly to get me back into blogging, and partly to serve as a distraction (which I may or may not go into detail about at the end). I admit, I’m quite nervous since I can never stick to blogging. With that said, I am planning ahead and hoping for the best.

I’m very excited to start this month off with a post about giving back. This season is often about getting, winning, and buying, but it’s good to remember that giving is pretty amazing. I’ve found that the older I get, the more giving of my resources – both time and financial – mean more than getting gifts. (Though, let’s be clear, I do still enjoy presents!) Those who know me, know that I am a big fan of the Ronald McDonald House. I did not have a personal connection to this particular charity, but I found it when I was searching for somewhere to volunteer – and I’m incredibly grateful that I did. Volunteering, fundraising and attending events at the House have been some of the most fantastic and emotional times of the last couple years. I fell in love with the families and the staff, and I’m hoping to get more involved next year. I encourage you to learn more about the Ronald McDonald House and, if you’re interested, see if there’s a house near you. I’m sure they could use your help and support.

Whatever charity you are close to or currently support is sure to be running a campaign today. I hope you take a moment to give back to start off the season.

Good morning!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and were able to share the holiday with your friends and family. Our family got together at my sister’s house for the fifth year, and the food was BANGIN’.

I will be heading out shortly to go shopping for Black Friday with my sister. It’s a tradition of ours, and one that we both enjoy immensely. Before I do so, I wanted to give a heads up of what’s to come. I am challenging myself to get back in the spirit of blogging as I celebrate the holidays. I’m calling it the 25 Days of Christmas (you know, like the holiday movies I love that come on ABC Family). Each day, my plan is to share a holiday-related post. I won’t lie to you and promise that I’ll make it. I certainly hope I do. However, the idea of coming up with 25 topics is a bit daunting. Feel free to shoot any ideas my way.

I’d also like to remind you of Small Business Saturday and Giving Tuesday. Most of us that are shopping today will be heading towards the heavy hitters – your Best Buys, Targets, malls – just remember to frequent your local establishments and give back to your favorite charities as well.

I started drinking wine a few years ago. At first, I would only drink moscato. The sweeter, the better. I moved on to Rieslings not too long after, and now I dabble in Pinot Grigios. However, when I really want a glass of wine, I reach for a bottle of Riesling. I’ve had good ones and I’ve had bad ones, I’ve had some that I don’t remember the name of, and some that I can’t find anymore. I continue to try new Rieslings and below, in no particular order, are a few of my favorites.

Basignani Winery
I discovered Basignani Winery when Jennifre and I won a tasting and tour at a silent auction. We invited some of our favorite ladies and had an AMAZING time, which JK documented beautifully in photographs. I’ve since been back to Basignani at least 3 times. They are constantly hosting events there, including outdoor movies in the summer (I think it was last summer when we went to watch Music & Lyrics there – AWESOME). The owners are sweet and it’s a really fun place to be. They have several sweet wines, like the Monkton Sweet Delight and the Vidal, but I tend to purchase their Riesling more than any other wine they have. I would also like to note that they make the best Chardonnay I’ve ever had… and this is from someone who hates Chardonnay. If you’re in the area in the summer, you should definitely visit.

Chateau St. Michelle Harvest Select Sweet Riesling
I generally see Chateau St. Michelle on the menu as a (chain, mostly) restaurant’s option for Riesling. I’d had it several times and was never quite a fan. One day, I noticed the Harvest Select at my local liquor store (yes, liquor store. It has a surprising amount of wine there and it’s cheaper than the fancy wine store) and decided it was worth it to try. I’m so glad I didn’t give up on Chateau St. Michelle! It’s usually about $10, which works for me.

Dr. Loosen
Ok, here’s where I ask you not to judge me. For my birthday about two years ago, my sister had different Rieslings sent to me for about three months. I. Loved. That. Gift. Right up there with the wine refrigerator my mom bought me. (Do you see a theme here?) Dr. Loosen is the one that stood out to me as the best. Why would someone judge me for that, you ask? Because they sent more than one and I have no idea which one I liked! I added a wine here that I don’t remember the name of! But I loved it so much. I’m thinking of hunting this wine down and trying several until I figure out which one it was. It’s a tough job, but somehow I’ll muddle through.


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